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By DAN KARELL
BRONX, N.Y. – For the final time in the 2012-2013 season, Chelsea and Manchester City took the field, putting on an eight-goal thriller in the Bronx.
City finished off their post-season tour of the U.S. with their second win in as many games, beating Chelsea 5-3 in front of 39,462 fans on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. City midfielder Samir Nasri and Chelsea midfielder Ramires each had a brace as the clubs head back to England for the offseason.
City got off to a quick start in the third minute thanks to a lackadaisical pass by Chelsea midfielder Oscar, which went straight to City forward Sergio Aguero. The Argentine’s shot was stopped by Chelsea goalkeeper Hilario, but the rebound went straight to midfielder Gareth Barry, who passed into the open net.
After a couple of near misses by Chelsea forwards Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, City struck again on the counter attack in the 29th minute. David Silva cleverly played Nasri through, who chipped the ball over Hilario and in the net to make it 2-0.
Just seconds after the second half began, Chelsea sprung into action, as David Luiz played Ramires into space, allowing the Brazilian to round substitute goalkeeper Richard Wright and cut the deficit in half.
One of City’s many second-half substitutes, James Milner, restored the two-goal cushion with a powerful strike in the box into the far post in the 55th minute. Though Ramires would score again in the 69th minute from close range, Nasri was up to his old tricks again in the 74th, chipping Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and making it a 4-2 scoreline.
Chelsea midfield maestro Juan Mata hit a perfect free kick off the crossbar and across the line in the 82nd minute, but City forward Edin Dzeko struck right back, blasting a shot from 35 yards out past the diving Cech to make it 5-3 in the 84th.
After the final whistle, both teams spent time to applaud the fans before heading off the Yankee Stadium field.